Saturday, September 26, 2015

John Goodman and Thomas Mann join the cast of 'Kong: Skull Island'

Kong: Skull Island was announced back at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014, but since then, it has gone through a plethora of changes. Joe Cornish was originally rumored to direct the film, yet in the end, Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts took over. After that, Tom Hiddleston, Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons joined the cast, making the film appealing to a wide range of audiences. Unfortunately, Simmons and Keaton were forced to drop out because of conflicts, leaving many film fans disappointed. Then earlier this month came the stunning announcement that Universal was moving Skull Island to Warner Bros. to ultimately set up a massive conflict between King Kong and Godzilla. The project has also gone through four writers- Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy all put their spin on it before Jurassic World's Derek Connolly finished the last draft. So with all of that craziness, it's clear that this movie has been constantly in motion since it was first announced. Now, the storm seems to finally be calming and some official casting information is coming out. It started last month when Straight Outta Compton stars Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell joined the cast, and now, two more fantastic actors have signed on for a trip to Skull Island.

John Goodman and Thomas Mann, the breakout star of this summer's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, have joined the cast of Kong: Skull Island for unspecified roles. Despite the constantly shifting cast, there is very little hard information on the plot of this film or the characters. The story is reportedly set in the 1970s (source: J.K. Simmons via Screen Rant) and will be a new and unique take on King Kong. However, with all of the script rewrites and the move to WB, I wouldn't be surprised to see this become a modern-day take on the classic monster. All in all, despite the slightly unsettling shifts that have occurred with the project, I'm very excited for Skull Island. The cast and talent is strong, the premise is great, and the potential for a crossover with Godzilla is incredibly exciting. Goodman has always been one of my favorite actors and Mann was dynamite in Me and Earl. This is shaping up nicely and if it holds together, Kong: Skull Island will be one to watch. 

With a cast led by Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Thomas Mann, John C. Reilly and Toby Kebbell, Kong: Skull Island will hit theaters on March 10, 2017.

Source: Screen Rant

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